The new location for Champions Festival will be in the Living Room of the Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City. The event is scheduled from 7-10 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22, and is the first official overall conference event of the week. State delegations are encouraged to arrive at Power & Light (P&L) early enough to have dinner and tour the district before the start of the festival. Bus transportation will be provided from all outlying hotels beginning at 5 p.m. No transportation will be provided from the downtown hotels (Marriott, Hilton President, Aladdin Holiday Inn, etc.) since they are within walking distance of the P&L. As with all SkillsUSA events, the shuttle buses will operate throughout the event to and from hotels and downtown.
In addition, Lucky Strike Bowling Alley Center is offering a greatly reduced special exclusively for SkillsUSA members during the Festival. For just $7.95, SkillsUSA guests can bowl one game, shoes included, and receive a choice of an entrée and soft drink from 7-10 p.m. (Lucky Strike is connected to the Living Room of P&L.) More information will be mailed to state directors about this special offer.
The required dress code for admittance to the Champions Festival for all attendees is a state SkillsUSA shirt (polo, tee shirt or similar) and comfortable shorts or pants. This is a private event, and security will be instructed not to admit anyone without the official conference nametag and the required clothing. Carhartt, Pepsi and the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association will sponsor the Champions Festival.